Nature Culture, an Introduction to the 8 Shields and deep nature connection

Do you long to deepen your connections to the world around you, exploring the precious mysteries and stories of life all around, awakening your curiosity and wonder…

How can we create a culture that supports that deep nature connection for ourselves, our friends and our families? Can we re-awaken the ‘village’ to help us to recognise and unlock our gifts, and our appreciation of nature, ourselves and each other?

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In this experiential, connective weekend, we gently introduce the wisdom of the 8 Shields – a powerful model of nature connection and culture creation, that is inspired by the principles and practices observed in healthy, land-based cultures around the world.

With wild play, story telling, sit spots, singing, nature wanders and fireside time this weekend helps people connect more deeply to themselves, the world around them, and other people – developing inner and outer peace and deep connection.

Through embodying many regenerative, nature-based practices, participants will journey through the 8 Shields cycle and explore how we can re-member ‘the village’ and how we can live in Wholeness with ourselves, the communities we are part of, and the global community of all species.

The weekend is an experiential journey towards deep connection, and we also share the 8 Shields Map at the end of the weekend, so you can bring this back to your life, work and community afterwards.

The weekend is convened and facilitated by Peter Cow and Rebecca Cardwho have been running similar weekends in the UK and around Europe since 2015. They will be supported by a team of inspiring cultural-healing and nature-connection facilitators. The weekend will be held in English with French translation where needed. 

~ Weekend Details ~

Timings: Participants arrive from 17.00 on Friday 7th to set up tents etc, and the programme starts at 18.00. We finish on Sunday 9th at 17.00.

AccommodationBring your own tent and camp on site. You can alternatively book a bed in a shared bell tent for an additional €8 per night. 

Course cost: €295 (€250 concessions) – all food and camping for the weekend is included. You can pay in Euros or Pounds.

Nature Culture runs just before ‘Earth Culture – a 2 day deep introduction to Permaculture, running 10th-12th August. You are really welcome to come to both events and stay over for the Sunday night in between. You can also get a discount if you book onto both courses.

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~ Venue ~

Niki and Toby, our hosts at Talberou, welcome us to share their rustic eco retreat centre for this weekend. We shall roam and play in shady walnut woodlands and fields, explore the wild surroundings and camp out under the trees near their stone farmhouse.

Homemade food, compost toilets, rustic showers in the moonlight, fresh local fruit – come and nourish yourself this August at Talberou, near the town of Penne-d’Agenais.